Quebec City is the crown jewel of French Canada, home to hidden treasures such as the Old Quebec district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with charming cobblestone streets and historic houses. Yet, it’s not just the historic charm that makes Quebec City a top destination; the city is also an active artistic and cultural destination, with an array of must-see art spaces, galleries and museums. Here are ten must-see contemporary art galleries in Quebec City, showcasing the best of international and Canadian art.
L’Espace Contemporain gallery was born in 2005 with passion, respect for artistic creativity and the aim of promoting Quebec’s contemporary art talent. L’Espace Contemporain actually has two independent venues, one in Quebec and another in Montreal, offering the artworks of emerging and established artists from both regions along with other artists within its virtual and actual exhibition spaces. The gallery promotes experimentation and plays a leading role in researching and developing means to engage a wider audience, with the aim of making contemporary art accessible to everyone. Anet Blais, Jocelyn Blouin, Cyntia Bond, Viviane Gruais and Michel Giguère are some of the artists represented by the gallery at the moment.
L’Espace Contemporain, 13 rue Saint-Jean, Quebec City, Canada, +1 418 648 2002
Brousseau et Brousseau Gallery was created in 1974 by Raymond Brousseau with the aim of promoting Inuit art in Quebec and abroad, and has organized several exhibitions in Europe with this purpose in mind. Only 50,000 Inuit live in a vast territory of 300,000 square kilometres in Canada; the current director of the gallery, Jean-Francois Brousseau, selects the best artworks from North Canadian Inuit cooperatives, picking out those truly committed to their ancestral traditions, and helps them improve their standard of living in the Canadian Arctic. The gallery displays impressive animals sculpted from regional stone along with a number of contemporary artworks inspired by spirits, shamanism and Inuit legend.
Galerie Factory is devoted to young and dynamic contemporary artworks. It represents emerging and established talents, who can create their work here, meet their clients and take part in the art space’s different events in order to ensure a better promotion of their work. Artists such as Jypé, Cynthia Coulombe Bégin, Annie Levesque, Matthieu Laca or Danyelle Bachand are some of the talents represented by Galeries Factory, whose ultlimate mission is to democratize art and facilitate its acquisition. Factory is housed in an exceptional venue in the vibrant Nouvo Saint-Roch neighbourhood and boasts a modern approach to art, as well as a symbiotic relationship with artists.
Galerie Factory, 837 rue St-Joseph Est, Quebec City, Canada, +1 418-800-8846
Galerie Perreault is located in the heart of Old Quebec City and hosts vivid paintings from the most eminent artists of the local scene, including Michel Leroux, Anne Marrec, Sylvain Tremblay or Corno. Paying homage to the beauty, the colours and the identity of Quebec, Galerie Perrault is an attractive place for collectors and amateurs. It showcases true gems of Quebec’s heritage, where contemporary creations appear together with the great names of 20th century art, such as Marc-Aurèle Fortin or Jean-Paul Lemieux. The gallery also has a second venue, only a few blocks away, at Rue Saint-Paul.
Galerie Perreault, 122 Côte de la Montagne, Quebec City, Canada +1 418 692 4773
Galerie Linda Verge presents promising contemporary artists alongside creatives with established reputations. For over 30 years, this gallery has been showcasing paintings, works on paper and sculptures, allowing visitors to admire and appreciate the different forms and trends in contemporary art. Housed in a spacious venue with two floors, the art space is bathed in an atmosphere of reverence and intimacy. Artists such as Cécile Cyr, Gérard Dansereau and Raymonde Duchesne are regular fixtures at the gallery, whose owner, Linda Verge, holds the prestigious medal of l’Académie Royale des Arts du Canada for her contribution to the arts.
Galerie Michel Guimont hosts a selection of contemporary artists from Quebec and Canada, both established and emerging. With both temporary solo exhibitions and its permanent collection, the gallery displays contemporary pieces alongside historic artworks, embracing painting, sculpture and photography. Danielle April, Carol Bernier, Dan Brault and Janine Carreau are a few of the artists exhibiting their works here in the heart of the Old Port of Quebec. Galerie Michel Guimont is a vibrant cultural spot, devoted to exhibiting contemporary Canadian art for over 30 years now.
Galerie Michel Guimont, 273 rue Saint-Paul, Quebec City, Canada, +1 418 692 1188